LA Chamber Cancels Turkey Business Forum Amid Concerns From Krekorian, Community


LOS ANGELES - This week, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of the "Los Angeles Turkey Business Forum," scheduled for Thursday, May 25. Billed as a roundtable meeting with CEOs and board members from 12 of the most prominent companies in Turkey, the event was to serve as a way to develop business alliances in LA and Turkey.

The cancellation came in response to concerns raised by Councilmember Krekorian after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail attacked peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's home on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., last week. The attack, caught on video, shows Erdogan's detail leaving his side and crossing an American police line to punch, kick and push citizens who were lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights. 

Krekorian, the first Armenian American elected to city office in Los Angeles, praised the Chamber's actions: "I thank the LA Chamber for being responsive to my request and cancelling the Los Angeles Turkey Business Forum. The unprovoked attack by Turkish state security officers on peaceful American citizens was reprehensible and a grave breach of our country's laws. That the business community in our great city recognizes that human rights must be upheld by all within our borders is a credit to their vision and conscience."

Councilmember Krekorian also submitted a resolution to the LA City Council urging President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to pursue tangible diplomatic consequences for Turkey and its ambassador to the United States, and identify and prosecute the perpetrators of the criminal assault against the peaceful protesters.

Read the resolution:

Read Krekorian's letter to Secretary Tillerson: